Philip R Buttall

Music teacher

Based in
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Philip R Buttall | Music teacher

Rates: Current EPTA / ISM recommended rates

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I teach in my private studio, on a Steinway Concert Grand (Model M). The majority of students wish to be prepared for exams, but some play for pleasure, so exam work isn't compulsory. I am also a successful composer/arranger, and music writer (Classical Music Writer & Critic for The Herald [Plymouth]). I was a secondary school Head of Music for 25 years before taking early retirement, and have worked as an Examiner and Syllabus Advisor for Trinity Guildhall.

BMus (Hons) GRSM FMusTCL (Musical Research)
FTCL FLCM FVCM (Hons) FNCM (Piano Performing)
LRAM LGSM ATCL (Piano Performing)
ARCM (Piano Teaching) [including the Special Harmony Paper]
ALCM (Jazz Piano Performing)
LTCL (General Musicianship for Teachers)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

I also hold the Teachers' Certificate from the Society of Recorder Players. The recorder was one of my second-studies at the Royal College of Music, but I currently do not offer tuition on the instrument.

I also have a Diploma in Professional Freelance Journalism from the British College of Journalists.


Over 10 years' experience as a Music Writer / Critic

Classical Music Writer & Critic for The Herald (Plymouth)

Jan 1996

Over 25 years' experience as a school Head of Music

Comprehensive schools in Devon & Cornwall

Sep 1971 - Jul 1997

Over 35 years' experience in successfully entering students for ABRSM / Trinity Guildhall Exams

All grades & diplomas
Classical Piano, Jazz Piano & Music Theory

Sep 1970

Educational history

Diploma in Professional Freelance Journalism

January, 2010
British College of Journalism

Certificate of Professional Development

April, 1993
Royal Society of Arts / Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Schoolteacher placement

Bachelor of Music Degree with Honours

September, 1976 - September, 1979
University of Durham (External)
BMus (Hons) (Dunelm)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

October, 1970 - July, 1971
University of Exeter, Institute of Education
PGCE (Exon) Practical: Distinction Theory: Credit

Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music

September, 1967 - July, 1970
Royal College of Music
Three-year degree course equivalent. Passed with Distinction in the Written Papers. Third-year prize-winner: Raymond Ffenell Prize GRSM (London)

Music Tripos

October, 1966 - June, 1967
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
First year of undergraduate course - transferred to Royal College of Music


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.


Lessons can be 30/45/60 minutes weekly, fortnightly, three-weekly, or occasional, depending on individual requirements and, of course, my availability. The one-off missed lesson will normally not be charged for, given sufficient prior notice. Lessons are usually paid for individually, rather than per term.

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